Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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After you've had water damage to your home or business, one of your first questions is most likely, "How can I keep the damage from getting worse?"  Assuming it is safe to go into the area that flooded, we've listed some helpful tips below. 

But the reality is that each water damage is different. 

  • Did the water come from a broken pipe or a sump pump that failed?
  • Are ceilings and walls affected or just floors?
  • Did carpet get wet? 

These are all the kinds of questions or certified technicians use to evaluate a loss.  If you have questions, please give us a call - we can usually give some guidance over the phone about what you can do to minimize the damage until help arrives! 

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What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.